Assistant Professor in Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering
Michigan State University College of Natural Science
United States

Assistant Professor-FixedTerm

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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Natural Science
Department: Computational Math Sci And Engr Cns 40000838
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Faculty, Education/Training, Engineers/Architects, Research/Scientific, Union

Position Summary

Michigan State University’s Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE) invites applications for several Fixed-term Assistant Professor positions with a starting date of Fall 2021. These new positions are currently set to be a 2 course per semester teaching load with the possibility of a reduction to 1 course per semester. Instructional courses taught in CMSE focus on computational modeling and/or data science. Successful candidates will receive training in research-based teaching pedagogy, will have the opportunity to perform research in collaboration with CMSE faculty members, and will be able to participate in a range of additional professional development opportunities.  Fixed-term Assistant Professors will be paired with one or more faculty mentors with whom they have compatible research interests and will engage in CMSE's instructional training and mentoring program.  These positions are potentially renewable on an annual basis through Spring 2024, contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Applicants are encouraged to reach out to potential faculty collaborators prior to the deadline to discuss research opportunities - a directory of CMSE faculty members can be found at . Candidates will be evaluated on their potential to excel in teaching and research, and in their ability to contribute to a diverse departmental environment.
Positions include standard MSU benefits, which includes medical insurance. A background check is required for employment.  

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -in any field of Mathematics, Science, or Engineering

Minimum Requirements

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in any field of mathematics, science, or engineering by August 15, 2021.  In addition to the degree requirements, candidates are also required to have substantial experience in computational or data science, which may include the development of numerical algorithms or their application to a particular field of study. Candidates are also expected to be able to program using Python, R, or a sufficiently similar language. 

Desired Qualifications

In addition, previous teaching experience (either as a TA or instructor) is desired.

Required Application Materials

Required materials include:
  • a cover letter summarizing qualifications,
  • a CV,
  • vision statements for teaching and research,
  • and at least three letters of reference.
The research statement should address the candidate’s overlap of research interests with members of the department and identify faculty members with whom the applicant might collaborate. In both statements, the candidate should explain how their efforts in teaching and research have supported the success of students from backgrounds that are underrepresented or disadvantaged in their academic fields. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should explain how their future efforts will further MSU’s commitment to diversity.

Special Instructions

Applications will begin to be reviewed starting from Feb 22, 2021 and will be reviewed on a continuing basis until the position is filled. The posting will close on April 30, 2021. Nominations or questions are welcome by contacting the search committee chair, Arjun Krishnan, via email at The positions will start August 2021.


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Jan 29, 2021 Eastern Standard Time

Applications close: Apr 30, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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